Every mammal on earth has what’s called an “endocannabinoid system “commonly known as the ECS. This is present in all animals including our dogs and cats, except for certain insects. It is an integral part of the nervous system and a complex system.
Until the 90s this system was not known about. But because of research that has come about in relation to CBD (cannabidiol) and its effects on our pets, it has been thoroughly studied to find various aspects that are key to a healthy and happy dog.
Another aspect that hindered the unknowing abilities of the ECS over the past 60 odd years, was the stringent regulations surrounding cannabis and its associated components. When unpacked, scientists found that compounds known as “Phytocannabinoids”, derived from the “Cannabis sativa L.primarily” plant were also found in a few other plants and are responsible for interacting with the cannabinoid receptors.
Now, years later, with the emergence of the Farm Bill in the United States, allowing the oil from the plant to be extracted by licensed suppliers and manufacturers, related research has gone into finding the benefits of this natural component for both humans and animals, and with the help of the ECS, it seems that cannabis has always been the catalyst for positive change.
Since the Farm Bill was passed there have been many suppliers offering different formats of CBD in both solid and liquid form, for commercial purposes, some of the products can be found online view this while others are found in pet stores and health and food stores.
Now you can add this versatile and highly beneficial extract to the food and water of both dogs and cats to support a healthy lifestyle and also treat various health conditions that are common in animals. Let’s take a look at what this natural derivative can do for our poochies.
Benefits of Introducing CBD Oil to Our Pets Diets
Did you know according to research over 70% of CBD buyers are pet owners and over 45% of them buy it to treat their pets’ joint pain and back troubles and the remaining percentage purchase these to treat chronic and mild anxiety in their dogs and cats.
This new data shows that instead of owners using prescription medication they have opted to swap it for this natural compound, as well as using it on themselves: https://www.brightfieldgroup.com/press-releases/pet-cbd-buyers-new-data
A list of the various health conditions that CBD products can help our dogs with are below:
- Epilepsy and seizures
- Tumours and cancers
- Skin conditions
- Arthritis or Osteoarthritis
- Joint and mobility problems
- Chronic and acute pain
- Phobias such as thunderstorms and fireworks
- Aggressive behaviour
- Loss of appetite
- Digestive problems
Where Can You Purchase These Products
It is no doubt much better to purchase these products from well-established and reputable sources, rather than an unknown place. There are various places you, as a pet owner, can purchase them from including:
- Groceries Stores
- Mass merchandisers
- CBD manufacturer’s online stores
- CBD Stores
- Multiple brands online stores
- Independent pet stores
- Online pet stores
To name a few.
What About the Legality of The Products
When buying these products there are a few things to keep in mind.
An Analysis Certificate: the majority of the well-established and reputable online stores, should have their lab-tested analysis report stating how much CBD and THC is in the product. If you buy it from the store, the package should typically have this information, and if not, be sure to ask for it.
It should state the amount of CBD inside the bottle and what other ingredients are present. You should be looking for a brand that is devoid of any bacteria, contaminants, extra fillers, additives and residual solvents inside it.
An Organic Product: one of the best ways to reap the full benefits of this natural hemp plant extract is to always go for the organic versions. Your vet can recommend one and if not, look for the stamp or mention it on the label.
The Base or Carrier oil: many of these bottles have a base oil, however when choosing the best one, stay away from those that have essential oils in them and instead choose ones with a natural base such as coconut oil. Also, make sure the amount of THC in any bottle should be less than 0.3%.
As per the above-mentioned list of conditions this extract can treat, as the market grows, more and more manufacturers are joining the club in producing, some of the best, and unfortunately worse products to sell to their consumers.
From calming chews to liquids and treats, it’s all in the bag. But just because the product packaging is good looking, does not mean it will be the best product for your canine.
Per owners should also be aware of the side effects that this has when they start to introduce it to their pets. Some of which include:
- Inhibition of drug metabolism
- Lower blood pressure
- Dry mouth
- Increased Parkinson disease tremors
- Change or loss in appetite
So, when it comes to the dosage it is important to remember, that not all dogs can be given the same amount, and this will also depend on the format of the product for instance if it is liquid or solid. When looked at from a general perspective, the amount to give your pooch is 5mg of CBD extract for every 10 pounds of body weight.
We hope this information helps you know a bit more about this when you purchase it.